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Man indicted on animal abuse, child rape charges

Photo by Hugh Osteen

Photo by Hugh Osteen

A Morrow man is being held without bond, on a 14-count indictment returned Wednesday, alleging that he forced a boy to hold a cat while the defendant strangled it, and that he raped 9-year-old twin sisters for three years.

Whitney Blake Walker, 46, was arrested in March on rape, child molestation, aggravated child molestation, and aggravated sodomy charges, in connection with the alleged sexual assaults on 9-year-old twin sisters.

The sisters told police Walker began raping them when they were 6, according to court documents.

But Wednesday's indictments revealed more about Walker's alleged abuse of children. One of the counts accuses him of touching the penis of a boy under 16. Another alleges Walker forced the same boy to hold a cat while Walker strangled it. The indictments accuse Walker of kicking, and punching, the same boy in the head and body.

One count alleges that Walker forced the boy's brother to watch the abuse.

The grand jury indicted Walker on several sexual assault charges, including rape, involving the twin sisters. The indictments allege that Walker forced the girls to engage in sex acts with him as a means to avoid punishment.

In other grand jury actions:

• A former Army soldier was indicted for involuntary manslaughter in connection with the November Russian Roulette-related shooting of a friend.

Theo Antonio Respress, 25, of College Park, told a U.S. Army Criminal Investigations Division special agent that he, Shavez Reuben Richards, and others were drinking Nov. 4, at Respress' apartment. Respress was playing with a .40-caliber handgun and laid it down next to Richards, 22, who then picked it up and shot himself in the head, Respress told police.

Witnesses said Respress was playing Russian Roulette with the empty handgun, but then chambered a round, and asked, "Who's next?" before putting down the gun.

U.S. Department of Defense records show Respress joined the Army Jan. 10, and left May 28, and is not on active duty.

• The grand jury also indicted a driver in a Christmas Day 2009 crash that killed a Rome woman. Masakama A. Cooper faces an 11-count indictment, including homicide vehicle in the first degree, in the crash that fatally injured Dazeroth Denice Prater, 28. Prater died more than a week later.

• A Conley man faces accusations he beat his daughter, and fought with police who answered the domestic violence call, in January. Robert Ernest Carpenter, Jr., 27, is being held in the Clayton County Jail on $10,000 bond on Family Violence Act charges, involving his daughter. The indictments allege Carpenter beat her and tried to kick police officers. Court records show he has a previous family violence conviction, and a long history of alcohol-related crimes that include assaults.

Police seek clues in after-party shooting that hurt two

Security guards cleared a rented Jonesboro event center after a party Wednesday night, but patrons lingered in the parking lot long enough for fights to start and shots to ring out.

Two people were taken to Atlanta hospitals to be treated for gunshot wounds, but they are expected to recover, said Clayton County Police Officer Eddie Soto. One man, shot in the left side of his chest, was treated at Atlanta Medical Center and returned to the scene while police were still there investigating, he said. The second man was in Grady Memorial Hospital in stable condition after being treated for injuries to his right arm.

Soto said private security guards hired for the event near the Tara Road Kroger Shopping Center, broke up one fight in the parking lot and returned inside. Then six or seven shots rang out, and the guards went back outside to once again break up the crowds.

However, once they were again inside, more shots were fired. The guards returned, cleared the crowd again and turned to go back inside when someone alerted them to the two injured men.

Soto said he did not know how many patrons were at the center, or their age range, but said the two gunshot victims are adults. No weapons were recovered and police continue to investigate, he said.

Police look for cell store robber

Lovejoy police are looking for an armed man who robbed a cell phone store just before noon Wednesday.

An employee at Boost Mobile on Tara Boulevard in Lovejoy told police an unidentified man walked behind the counter, flashed a gun and took two phones and cash before fleeing the store about 11:52 a.m.

Lovejoy police Sgt. Michael Gaddis said the robbery was captured on store surveillance cameras. The tape shows a black male, approximately age 18, to 23, about 5 feet 5 inches tall, 160-170 pounds and no facial hair. The man was wearing a gray American Eagle hoodie, black baseball cap with an insignia on it and black and white sneakers.

Anyone with information on the suspect or robbery is asked to call Lovejoy police at (678) 610-9748.